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COVID-19 Information

Face-Covering Guidance While on DOD Property

Updated:  1/21/2021 8:00 PM 

EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING MASK WEARING ON FEDERAL PROPERTY

Effective Immediately, on-duty or on-site Federal employees, on-site Federal contractors, and other individuals in Federal buildings and on Federal lands should all wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other public health measures, as provided in CDC guidelines. 

Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing

There is a CNO message implementing the face covering requirement.  The implementation guidance follows below.  

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, IAW REF (A) TO THE EXTENT PRACTICAL, ALL INDIVIDUALS ON DOD PROPERTY, INSTALLATIONS, AND FACILITIES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR CLOTH FACE COVERINGS WHEN THEY CANNOT MAINTAIN SIX FEET OF SOCIAL DISTANCE.  THIS INCLUDES ALL:

  1. MILITARY PERSONNEL
  2. NAVY CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES
  3. FAMILY MEMBERS
  4. NAVY CONTRACTORS
  5. ALL OTHER INDIVIDUALS ON DOD PROPERTY, INSTALLATIONS, AND FACILITIES.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, ANY FACE COVERING THAT IS CONSERVATIVE IN APPEARANCE, NOT OFFENSIVE, AND CONFORMS TO THE BELOW CDC GUIDANCE IS ACCEPTABLE TO BE WORN IN UNIFORM.  FACE COVERINGS WILL:

  1. FIT SNUGLY BUT COMFORTABLY AGAINST THE SIDE OF THE FACE
  2. BE FROM NOSE TO CHIN  FULL FACE COVERINGS (LIKE SKI MASKS) ARE NOT AUTHORIZED
  3. BE SECURED WITH TIES OR EAR LOOPS
  4. PREFERABLY INCLUDE MULTIPLE LAYERS OF FABRIC IF MATERIAL IS CLOTH
  5. ALLOW FOR BREATHING WITHOUT RESTRICTION
  6. UNTIL OFFICIAL UNIFORM FACE COVERINGS ARE PRODUCED AND IMPLEMENTED, PERSONNEL ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR MEDICAL OR CONSTRUCTION TYPE MASKS, OR OTHER CLOTH COVERING SUCH AS BANDANAS, SCARFS, ETC.  WHEN IN DOUBT, PRIORITY WILL BE COMPLIANCE WITH THE CDC GUIDANCE FOR FUNCTION OVER APPEARANCE OR PREFERRED DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION.

For Government Civilians and Contractors :  NON–UNIFORMED PERSONNEL ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE AS OUTLINED IN THE SECTION ABOVE.

DIRECTIONS FOR HOW TO PRODUCE THESE MASKS CAN BE FOUND ON THE CDC WEBSITE:

HTTPS://WWW.CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS/2019-NCOV/PREVENT-GETTING-SICK/DIY-CLOTH-FACE-COVERINGS.HTML.

If you are coming to the work site tomorrow please do the best you can.  Follow the guidance in para 6 until you can obtain a mask that meets CDC guidelines.

Screening Questionnaire and Guidelines for Visitors

Updated: 2/1/2021

NIWC Atlantic COVID-19 CDC Screening Questionnaire (Link to 7/27 screening questionnaire)

Guidelines for Visitors to NIWC Atlantic Workspaces during COVID_final_july13.docx

Screening Criteria (Review from previous guidance):

Additional Question 1 Guidance: You may answer “NO” if you can attribute the listed symptom to another health condition that is not a contagious condition, such as seasonal allergies.  If you have a temperature greater than 100 degrees, do NOT come to the workplace.

 *** Each of us have an understanding of our health and what is normal for us.  We are all relying on each other to be honest in that assessment of our own wellbeing.  If you feel something is out of sorts as it relates to the symptoms listed in the guidance, our expectation is that you will answer “YES” and seek a medical consultation or submit yourself for testing.  It remains critical for the entire TEAM that individuals do NOT come to the workplace sick.  Finally,  take time to review the COVID-19 guidelines, but above all else practice social distancing, wear a mask, wash hands frequently, and try to find ways to comply with these guidelines and not work around them; the safety of the workforce and completion of our mission are in the balance.

Face-Covering Guidance While on DOD Property

Updated: 2/1/2021

EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING MASK WEARING ON FEDERAL PROPERTY

Effective Immediately, on-duty or on-site Federal employees, on-site Federal contractors, and other individuals in Federal buildings and on Federal lands should all wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other public health measures, as provided in CDC guidelines. 

Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing

There is a CNO message implementing the face covering requirement.  The implementation guidance follows below.  

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, IAW REF (A) TO THE EXTENT PRACTICAL, ALL INDIVIDUALS ON DOD PROPERTY, INSTALLATIONS, AND FACILITIES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR CLOTH FACE COVERINGS WHEN THEY CANNOT MAINTAIN SIX FEET OF SOCIAL DISTANCE.  THIS INCLUDES ALL:

  1. MILITARY PERSONNEL
  2. NAVY CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES
  3. FAMILY MEMBERS
  4. NAVY CONTRACTORS
  5. ALL OTHER INDIVIDUALS ON DOD PROPERTY, INSTALLATIONS, AND FACILITIES.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, ANY FACE COVERING THAT IS CONSERVATIVE IN APPEARANCE, NOT OFFENSIVE, AND CONFORMS TO THE BELOW CDC GUIDANCE IS ACCEPTABLE TO BE WORN IN UNIFORM.  FACE COVERINGS WILL:

  1. FIT SNUGLY BUT COMFORTABLY AGAINST THE SIDE OF THE FACE
  2. BE FROM NOSE TO CHIN.  FULL FACE COVERINGS (LIKE SKI MASKS) ARE NOT AUTHORIZED
  3. BE SECURED WITH TIES OR EAR LOOPS
  4. PREFERABLY INCLUDE MULTIPLE LAYERS OF FABRIC IF MATERIAL IS CLOTH
  5. ALLOW FOR BREATHING WITHOUT RESTRICTION
  6. UNTIL OFFICIAL UNIFORM FACE COVERINGS ARE PRODUCED AND IMPLEMENTED, PERSONNEL ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR MEDICAL OR CONSTRUCTION TYPE MASKS, OR OTHER CLOTH COVERING SUCH AS BANDANAS, SCARFS, ETC.  WHEN IN DOUBT, PRIORITY WILL BE COMPLIANCE WITH THE CDC GUIDANCE FOR FUNCTION OVER APPEARANCE OR PREFERRED DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION.

For Government Civilians and Contractors:  NON–UNIFORMED PERSONNEL ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE AS OUTLINED IN THE SECTION ABOVE.

DIRECTIONS FOR HOW TO PRODUCE THESE MASKS CAN BE FOUND ON THE CDC WEBSITE:

HTTPS://WWW.CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS/2019-NCOV/PREVENT-GETTING-SICK/DIY-CLOTH-FACE-COVERINGS.HTML.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Updated: 2/1/2021

A COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed soon. For details, please go to the COVID-19 page on the NIWC Atlantic Command Operating Guide (COG).

Return To Work Guidelines

Updated: 2/1/2021

Here are the guidelines for returning to work after contracting COVID-19:

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​

It is not recommended to use testing as a requirement to go back to the workplace as non-contagious viral fragments can remain in your system long after you are OK, meaning you can test positive weeks after you are no longer sick or contagious.

Base Access and Returning to the Worksite Preparation

Updated: 2/1/2021

While we are maximizing telework options and minimizing base access, there are still personnel who may need to come to the worksite for specific reasons for short durations. 

Base/Installation access (for all sites) is NOT restricted to essential personnel.   However, employees should continue to monitor installation-specific guidance in the event of future policy changes. ALL NIWC Atlantic personnel (Military/Civilian/Contractor) will conduct a self-assessment by answering the questions in the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire as mentioned earlier.

COVID-19 Prevention and Illness Information

Updated: 2/1/2021

If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Visit the CDC Coronovirus (COVID-19) site for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Updated Guidelines for the Workplace

Updated: 2/1/2021

This is not part of the phased approach to reenter the workplace, although these policies will continue when those phases commence.   

In-Person Meeting Safety Guidelines

Mandatory Telework Remains in Effect

MANDATORY TELEWORK as ordered by the CO/ED for all Military members and Civilian employees who are not Mission Essential and are able to telework remains in effect.  

NAVWARNOTE 12610 of 4 Jan 2021 aligned local telework policies with guidance from OMB and DoD.  Increased flexibilities include: allowance for telework while dependents are in the home; extends the radius for telework locations up to 250 miles from an employee’s duty station; waives the requirement to be scheduled to report twice during each pay period; and increases the time for recall to five hours.

For detailed information regarding COVID-19 and Mandatory Telework please visit this link:

COVID-19 and MANDATORY TELEWORK